St. Peter’s Children’s Weekend Food Program receives $2,500 grant

The grant from St. Peter's Good Samaritan Society Home Care helps the program continue to bring children weekend packed meals.

  Nationwide Paycheck Protection Program helps local businesses stay afloat

  Celebrating trade deal, U.S., Mexican presidents meet for first time

  Mankato receives grant from DEED for redevelopment site

  Local business manufactures its 6,000th face mask

  Gyms excluded from Mankato’s mask ordinance; doesn’t stop some from making their own protocol

  UHD sells adolescent drug treatment facility in Winnebago

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  Hometown Business Connection: J Longs

  USMCA takes effect, set to benefit multiple industries

  Breweries are heavily reliant on a clean atmosphere for production

  Mankato City Council encourages residents to voice feedback about mask ordinance before vote

  Flash flooding damages Valley Veggies and Flowers

  USMCA to take effect Wednesday, provide trade stability for farmers

  Mankato City Council sets date for virtual public hearing for emergency face mask ordinance

The virtual hearing is set for July 6 where the public can weigh-in on the emergency order before the council makes a decision.

  Mayo Clinic ends COVID-19 pay cuts as business bounces back

Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Rochester, Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the coronavirus.

Honeywell closing Coon Rapids plant in August

Honeywell International says it will close its plant in Coon Rapids in August and eliminate dozens of jobs.

  How Mankato’s Wine Cafe reopened its doors following COVID-19 exposure

We've seen businesses around the region temporarily close due to employees testing positive for the virus.

New grants made available in response to disruptions from COVID-19 on farm to school markets

  New soy-based product designed to extend life of a roof

Small businesses can apply for grant funding

YWCA receives $80,000 grant from Otto Bremer Trust

Applebee’s temporarily closing as employees test positive for COVID-19

  Kerfoot Canopy Tours adds new attraction

  New ownership takes over at Bounce Town

Bounce Town in Mankato has been a children's destination in southern Minnesota since the mid 2010s.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate rose to 9.9% in May

The statistics for May depict the end of the state’s stay-at-home order, which expired on May 18, and the beginning of the phased reopening of businesses in the state.

New COVID-19 cases prompt closures of Wine Cafe, Rounders Sports Bar

Two are restaurants in Mankato have decided to close their doors until further notice after learning that two employees have contracted COVID-19.

  New tea house opens its doors in downtown Mankato

Karshe Tea is an East African infused tea house that opened its doors on June 12.

DEED strikes partnership with Coursera to provide free online learning content

An annual subscription to Coursera generally costs individuals $400, but this new partnership will waive the subscription fee and any costs associated with earning certifications and industry-recognized credentials.

Walz approves $62.5 million COVID-19 aid package for small businesses

Eligible businesses with 50 or fewer employees can apply for grants of up to $10,000.

ECHO Food Shelf receives $7,500 donation from Consolidated Communications

The donation was part of the broadband and business communication provider’s efforts to support individuals and families affected by COVID-19 in the communities it serves.

  Thielen, area athletes break in new ETS Performance facility

Thielen got the chance to break in the facility just as local athletes have been since its doors opened on Monday, June 8.

  Taco truck on Madison Avenue serves up authentic Mexican cuisine

Birria Tacos has been serving hungry customers since early May and the co-owners Pierre Sadaka and Alberto Lara say they’re offering Mankato their own rendition of authentic Mexican cuisine.

  New hotel coming to Commerce Drive in North Mankato

City officials say The Comfort Inn will have 70 rooms, along with a pool, hot tub, breakfast area and more.

  Lunch rush in downtown Mankato as indoor dining gets the green light

Indoor dining became a long-awaited reality today as bars and restaurants could welcome patrons back inside.

  WOW! Zone among entertainment businesses opening Wednesday

WOW! Zone is opening with special hours from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with reservations for bowling and dining.

  Gyms, fitness centers preparing to welcome back members

A look at local gyms and fitness centers as they get the OK to reopen with safety precautions amid controlling the spread of COVID-19.

Bars, restaurants adapting to Phase Three of #StaySafeMN

Minnesota's Stay Safe plan is turning the dial to phase three on Wednesday, and many enterprises are implementing the new guidelines.

Hy-Vee commits $1 million, 1 million volunteer hours to support racial unity, equality

Hy-Vee. Inc. announced Tuesday it will donate $1 million and provide an additional one million volunteer hours to organizations that support racial unity and equality throughout its eight-state region.

  Indoor services for restaurants, bars, fitness centers, more can reopen June 10

Gov. Walz announces phase III of reopening businesses, loosening restrictions on some and allowing others to finally open.

Iowa unemployment claims fall as economy begins reopening

Iowa Workforce Development reported Thursday that 6,920 people filed initial claims in the week ending May 30. That’s a drop of nearly 50% from the previous week.

  Local business competes in Minnesota Cup

The Minnesota Cup is a competition for new business ventures around the state.

  Pioneer Bank provides over $65 million in PPP loans for local businesses

A local bank has announced it has assisted small businesses in the area by processing more than 700 loans totaling over $65 million.

  Hometown Business Connection: Weggy’s On Campus

A couple of days into the new state guidelines that allow up to 50 patrons outdoors, many restaurants and bars around the area are getting creative to keep revenue flowing.

  Kato Karate given the go-ahead to reopen

As a part of the state’s Stay Safe Phase II, which began Monday, Kato Karate can reopen if they follow organized youth sports guidelines.

  Bridge Plaza construction progressing as planned

The five-story mixed-use building construction is still on time, slated to be completed at the end of November.

  Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery one of many businesses now open

Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota is one of the many places that has been counting down the days to reopening.

  Hair salons reopen in Minnesota

Salons reopen with social distancing and safety measures in place.

  Restaurants adapt to patio rules

Much like hair salons, restaurants are navigating the new laws and opening up across Minnesota.

  Greater Mankato Growth urges Walz to reopen all businesses with guidelines

Walz’s plan to reopen some businesses June 1 doesn’t include businesses such as gyms or entertainment venues.

  Jumpstart initiative set to revive small businesses in Owatonna

Local leaders get the ball rolling on the Owatonna Jumpstart as small businesses suffer during Stay Safe Minnesota restrictions.

Mankato, Owatonna Target stores added to list of temporary closures

On its website, the company says its temporarily closing the stores due to the unrest in the state.

  Iowa reports virus outbreak at Tyson pork processing plant

Of more than 2,500 employees tested at the Tyson pork processing plant in Storm Lake, 555 have tested positive.

  Circle Inn’s business model is one of many that isn’t reopening under phase two of #StaySafeMN

The North Mankato bar is holding off on offering outdoor dining.

Home Magazine ending publication

Established in 1971, the Home Magazine served readers in 33 communities across southern Minnesota.

Walz signs freelance hair, makeup exemption into law

The bill was authored by Sen. Karin Housely (R–St. Marys Point) and passed by votes of 64-3 in the Senate and 128-4 in the House.

  Restaurant owners invited to submit plans for outdoor seating

Many local restaurant owners scrambling to find ways to expand their outdoor space for patrons, when they’re allowed to open next week.

  Salvation Army to close 4 ‘Family Store’ thrift stores in Minnesota

The closures in Cloquet, Morris, Fairbault and Fairmont come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the restrictive retail climate anticipated post-pandemic.

  Life Fitness expands COVID-19 relief efforts in Owatonna

The company announced today a new initiative to produce and sell non-medical, reusable face coverings in its facilities.

  Lack of funding, safety forces more permanent layoffs at MRCI

More than 1,300 clients and 300 staff members are impacted

$25,000 loan applications now being accepted from Mankato small businesses

The City of Mankato announced Friday that small businesses within the city that have 50 or fewer employees can apply for a loan through the city’s Recovery Loan Program.

  Study shows how the loss of hog farms, production in Minnesota can impact the state’s economy

Research released on Thursday by the University of Minnesota Extension stated that hogs account for 17% of the state’s agricultural sales and the complications from COVID-19 on pork producers in the state could have a lasting impact on rural communities.

Duluth-based Essentia Health to lay off 900 employees

Essentia Health CEO David Herman said Thursday that the recent cost-reduction measures the Duluth-based health care system has taken “are not sufficient to preserve our mission and the health of the organization.”

  Minnesota joblessness jumps to 8.1% in 1st month of pandemic

The Mankato metropolitan statistical area lost the fewest number of jobs in the state

  Restaurants react to new Governor orders

Gov. Tim Walz has announced restaurants can open with a maximum of 50 occupants for outdoor seating only beginning June 1. Reactions since have been all over the spectrum.

  Fitness centers left out of June 1st opening

Governor Tim Walz stated Wednesday that restaurants, hair salons, and other personal care businesses, can begin opening on June 1 under certain restrictions. However, the order will not allow fitness centers to reopen yet, even with limited capacity.

  How COVID-19 is changing the gig worker industry

Gig workers now qualify for unemployment, but that’s not the only help coming their way.

  Greater Mankato United Way, Mankato Area Foundation join forces to create Community Response Fund

It's designed to eliminate confusion so non-profits no longer have to wonder who to approach for funds while also benefiting donors by making it easier to donate during this time.

Minnesota’s restaurants, personal care businesses, campgrounds learn reopening guidelines

Minnesota bars and restaurants will learn when they might be allowed to reopen for sit-down service under restrictions meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Applications open for Mankato’s Sustaining Loan Program for small businesses

Eligible businesses can apply for a one-time loan of up to $5,000.

  Reynolds outlines more easing of restrictions, including bars, campgrounds and high school sports

Effective May 22 movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons.

  Minnesota bars, restaurants, learn reopening rules Wednesday

Many establishments have been trying to stay alive with takeout and deliveries since they were closed two months ago.

  Taylor Corp, Navitor Specialty Products remained open through state shutdown

Navitor, and other companies under the Taylor Corps umbrella adapted by setting up alternate manufacturing supply chains and strict safety guidelines for employees.

  Local businesses open for first time in months

"The girl who was just here said she was counting down the days for us to reopen."

  Air travel at MSP International Airport down 92%

At MSP Airport, air travel is down 92% from a year ago, meaning that for every 100 passengers then, there are eight now.

  COVID-19 causing one Mankato business to close

Clothing boutique Gallery 512 announcing it will not be reopening its Mankato location.

  Mankato’s River Hills Mall to open Monday

Beginning May 18, the mall will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

  Canterbury Park eyes June 10th start without spectators

Friday would have been opening night at Canterbury Park. Instead, a shortened season could begin June 10, without spectators, if the Minnesota Racing Commission grants flexibility.

  Hog surplus swamps local butchers

Fulton says many small area meat lockers, including Blondies, are booked until February or March 2021.

  Mall of America to reopen June 1 with new safety protocols

The managers of suburban Minneapolis mall said Thursday that Gov. Tim Walz’s decision Wednesday to allow his stay-at-home order to expire and to allow retailers to start reopening Monday was “promising news.”

More than 16,700 Iowans file unemployment claims last week

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 16,735 new claims filed between May 3 and May 9.

  Iowa to reopen restaurants, salons, barber shops and gyms

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that she’s lifting an order that closed restaurants in 22 counties, including the largest metropolitan areas.